Michael Martino wins Iron Chef Hamburg; Reading Eagle announces Readers Choice Awards; More

Chef Michael Martino takes title at Iron Chef Hamburg

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Chef Michael Martino of Melanie’s Medley’s & Don’s Food Products earned top honors in this year’s Iron Chef Hamburg competition. Chef Martino topped two-time defending champion Chef Tim Twiford of the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Pitmaster Jeff Stumpf of It’s Just Barbecue (The Pink Pig).

The competitors had to create a plate that included an entree, side and salad using four secret ingredients: sausage, apples, frozen waffles and pickles. The winning plate featured sausage-stuffed pumpkin dough ravioli with asparagus and side salad.

Chef Martino will return next year to defend his championship against the top two vote-getters in the People’s Choice competition. The Penn Werner Hotel and Lake Wynonah Lodge were the restaurants earning top honors for their pumpkin-infused dishes. The Penn Werner did pulled pork with pumpkin barbecue sauce; Lake Wynonah Lodge created a salmon roll with pumpkin.

Roby House reopens after renovations

The Roby House is open again after more than two weeks of renovations. The Robesonia restaurant reopened on Sunday, according to a post on its Facebook page. Originally scheduled to reopen on October 23, the renovations took longer than expected, delaying it more than a week until November 1.

Reading Eagle announces annual Readers Choice Award winners

The Reading Eagle announced its Reader’s Choice Award winners on Sunday, November 1. The winners were chosen by online voting and featured 96 total categories. Twenty-six of them are food-related in some way.

Several restaurants earned back-to-back honors in their respective categories: Muddy’s Smokehouse BBQ (Best BBQ), Tomcat Cafe (Best Breakfast), Exeter Family Restaurant (best Diner), Judy’s on Cherry (Best Fine Dining), Boehringer’s Drive-In (Best Ice Cream), Alebrije Mexican Restaurant (Best Mexican), and the World Famous Pike Cafe, the only restaurant to repeat in two categories (Best Sports Bar and Best Wings).

It’s hard to argue with most of the choices, but Best Burger is a point of contention after once again going to a chain restaurant. Last year it was Five Guys taking the honor. This year, it was Elevation Burger (Five Guys was runner-up). This is not a criticism of Elevation Burger, but¬†there are many non-chain restaurants offering better, more original burgers.

Also of note, Super Duper Delicious Seafood earned Best Meat Market honors, but finished second to Adelphia Seafood in the Best Seafood category.

Best Bar: Ozgood’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar
Best BBQ
: Muddy’s Smokehouse BBQ
Best Beer Selection: The Liberty Taproom
Best Breakfast: The Tomcat Cafe
Best Burger
: Elevation Burger
Best Catering: Wegman’s Deli & Catering
Best Chinese
: Tokyo Hibachi and Bar
Best Diner
: Exeter Family Restaurant
Best Entertainment Bar: Mountain Springs and Captain’s Cove
Best Family Restauarnt
: Austin’s Restaurant & Bar
Best Fine Dining
: Judy’s on Cherry
Best Happy Hour: ViVA Bistro & Lounge
Best Ice Cream
: Boehringer’s Drive-In
Best Italian
: Victor Emmanuel II
Best Lunch
: Isaac’s Restaurant & Deli
Best Meat Shop
: Super Duper Delicious Seafood
Best Mexican
: Alebrije Mexican Restaurant
Best Pizza: Victor Emmanuel II
Best Seafood Market: Adelphia Seafood
Best Sports Bar: World Famous Pike Cafe
Best Steak: Austin’s Restaurant & Bar
Best Sub & Sandwiches: Screpesi’s Sandwich Shop
Best Sushi (Tie): Mikura Restaurant and Tokyo Hibachi and Bar
Best Wings: World Famous Pike Cafe

Individual Awards

Best Bartender: Bobby Wertz, Paradise by the Slice
Best Chef: Eric Senkovich, Super Duper Delicious Seafood
Best Server: Keith Thomason, Wyomissing Family Restaurant

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